What is Rectification in Astrology?
Why is the Birth Place and Birth Time Important?
Rectification is a process of trying to accurately determine the exact time of birth if we do not have one to start off with. It is probably one of the most difficult things to do in astrology; it is an essentially time-consuming research process that involves taking into account many variables.
A birth chart using the wrong time is every astrologer’s nightmare and so, it is important to make sure before any astrological work is performed, that the time given by the client is accurate. Usually, the time is written on the birth certificate or a baby-book, but even then, the time may be out by several minutes.
Rectification is not foolproof, especially when the birth time is completely unknown and the window of possibility is twenty-four hours wide. So if the client thinks it may have been sometime in the morning or afternoon, this can be hugely important and helpful.
The place of birth is extremely important when one considers that nearly 400,000 people are born every day; the main thing that distinguishes one birth from the other is the place of birth. Second, comes the time of birth.
Having an accurate birth time is crucial in order to use the many predictive techniques of astrology. A 4-minute error in birth time can cause a 1 degree error in the chart which can greatly affect the timings of prediction techniques, sometimes by one year.
The time and place of birth determine the angles of a chart, an important part of all horoscope.
These angles are critical to the different methods of predictive analysis.
What I Ask the Client To Do
I ask the client to give me a list of dates (year, month, day) of major events that have occurred throughout their life with a brief description. These could include moving house or school, relocation to a new area or country, marriage, career move, a death of a close relative, and so on.
For rectification purposes, I would need a minimum of approximately 15 events that are spread out throughout their life and not, say, 5 or 6 events in a 2-year period. The wider the period of time, the better the data. The more accurate the date, again, the better the accuracy. Thus, births, marriages, and significant deaths tend to play a key role as people usually remember these dates exactly.